Sunday 30 August 2009 at 16h29

Some riders who don't participate in the Vuelta a España 2009 were today on the roads around Châteauroux for the Classic de l'Indre.

This race, which is part of the Coupe de France de cyclisme, was won today by Jimmy Casper

With a 201,8 kilometer long race the riders have visited the Indre department, which gave the race its name. The start was as usual in Châteauroux and the race ended with a final circuit which was done 6 times by the riders to find the finish line at the same place as the start: Avenue de la Châtre in Châteauroux.

During the race there were several escapes but these were all taken back by the peloton lead by the Spanish teams Caisse d'Epargne and Euskaltel Euskadi.

On the final circuit Cédric Pineau (AG2R La Mondiale), Davide Malacarne (QuickStep) and Nicki Sörensen (Saxo Bank) tried to get away. At the time they crossed the finish line to start the last two rounds their gap on the peloton was only 16 seconds and at 13 kilometers from the finish they were taken back as well.

A bit later Jan Kuyckx (Verandas Willems) attack and Cédric Pineau's team mate, Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale), joined him to try get away but they were also taken back at the time that Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) attacked ... without any success.

The last 5 years the Châteauroux Classic de l'Indre ended in a sprint 3 times and that was again the case this year.

Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) seems to be unstoppable this year and he also won this sprint beforethe sprinter of the Agritubel team, Romain Feillu. He took his 10th victory this year.

Yesterday he said on his Facebook profile: in chateauroux to definitely win the coupe de france ! And that's what he most probably will do with this victory ...

But that's not enough for him ... his next goal is to win Paris-Tours !!

door Thomas Vergouwen
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